Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Corpus Youth Receives Sportsmanship Award

From the Texas Legends Junior Tour:

Dallas, Texas (August 17, 2010) - Sportsmanship is characterized by virtues such as fairness, discipline, courage, persistence, and respect for others. The good sportsman does the right thing even when no one is looking. He wins graciously and loses with dignity. He treats his opponents with respect at all times, in all circumstances. He stays true to the spirit of the game, even if it is not advantageous to do so. When faced with adversity, he does not complain or blame others, but fights on with the persistence of a champion. The Legends Junior Tour is proud to present James Ragan of Corpus Christi with the first ever Legends Junior Tour Sportsmanship Award.

"James has been an inspirational presence on our Tour for the past several years," said David Prinz, Director of Operations for the Legends Junior Tour. "His game has improved each season but what really sets him apart are his character, perseverance, and respect for others."

A three year member of the Legends Junior Tour, Ragan had two Top-10 finishes this season, tying for ninth in the Winter Classic and taking first place at the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic in March. That win earned Ragan one AJGA tournament exemption along with exemptions for the remaining Legends Junior Tour Majors – the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship, the Texas Boys State Junior Championship, and the George Hannon Invitational. It also helped him earn a coveted spot on the Jackie Burke Cup South Team.

"I had two goals for this year: qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Junior and make the Jackie Burke Cup team," said Ragan. "I wasn’t able to play in the Byron [Nelson Junior] but I am really excited to represent South Texas at the Jackie Burke Cup. And I am honored to receive this award."

Ragan, 17, is about to enter his senior year at Corpus Christi’s Carroll High School. He will be presented with his award, along with the 2009/10 Players of the Year, at the Jackie Burke Cup pre-tournament dinner at Bent Tree CC in Dallas.

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